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Is sweating related to my heart valve issue? 

I have mild/moderate mitral regurgitation and thickening of the aortic valve. Recently, I've noticed that when I do any house work or exercise, my face breaks out in a sweat in addition to my being short of breath. Is the sweating related to the heart valve issue? 

submitted by Judi from New York on 6/29/2013

Answer:

Atasu K. Nayak, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Atasu Nayak, MD    

Thanks for the question. Exertional shortness of breath can occur from moderate mitral regurgitation. Unfortunately, I do not know your age and etiology of mitral regurgitation and the thickening of your aortic valve. Sweating is unlikely from mild to moderate mitral valve disease.  I would recommend that you see a cardiologist and consider an echocardiogram.  Please discuss this symptom with your primary care doctor and cardiologist.

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